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Movies are one of the most fun ways to pass the time with family. But outside the newest films on streaming and in theaters, films of the past can provide a valuable look back at the culture, values, and technologies of generations past. That’s why it’s so fun to look back and see what movies from history are celebrating major birthdays. Whether you want to experience a classic you’ve never seen or will be shocked to recognize an old favorite is older than you thought, consider these films as you decide what to put on for the next movie night.
Movies Turning 70 in 2021:
- A Streetcar Named Desire: Based on the acclaimed play written by Tennessee Williams, this tale of a Southern belle who leaves it all behind was Marlon Brando’s big-screen break.
- The Thing from Another World: Also just called “The Thing,” this story of an alien presence at an Arctic research station was the top-grossing science fiction film of 1951, and has been remade twice since its initial release.
- The African Queen: Adapted from a novel by C.S. Forester, this film about missionaries stranded in Africa by the beginnings of WWI earned Humphrey Bogart his only Oscar.
Movies Turning 60 in 2021:
- Blue Hawaii: This legendary musical romantic comedy set in beautiful Hawaii chronicles the self-exploration of a young man just released from the Army, played by Elvis Pressley alongside a young Angela Lansbury.
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Adapted from a novella by Truman Capote, this romance story between a flighty woman and a writer may be Audrey Hepburn’s most iconic role.
- One Hundred and One Dalmatians: This animated classic from Disney is adapted from a novel by Dodie Smith, and was a box-office success that ended talks of closing the animation department at Disney.
Movies Turning 50 in 2021:
- Dirty Harry: This controversial police thriller starring Clint Eastwood chasing the Zodiac Killer across San Francisco set the stage for three sequels, as well as redefining the police film genre.
- A Clockwork Orange: Based on a novel by Anthony Burris, this film directed by Stanley Kubric is the story of a young criminal under rehabilitation in a violent dystopian future.
- Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: This adaptation of a novel by Roald Dahl is renowned for its music, imagery, and iconic performance by Gene Wilder, spurring a multitude of remakes and cultural references.
Movies Turning 40 in 2021:
- Raiders of the Lost Ark: This Steven Spielberg film launched the Indiana Jones series with the quest for the Ark of the Covenant, and secured Harrison Ford’s place as a cultural icon, though Ford wasn’t cast until three weeks before filming.
- Clash of the Titans: The last film of stop-motion effects legend Ray Harryhausen, this fantasy adventure based on the Greek myth of Perseus was one of the top-grossing films of 1981.
- Excalibur: This film remains one of the most critically-praised movies telling the story of King Arthur and is also seen as genre-defining for fantasy movies due to its cinematography, costumes, and setting.
Movies Turning 30 in 2021:
- Hook: This twist on the Peter Pan story stars Robin Williams as an adult Peter Pan out to save his children, with Dustin Hoffman as his nemesis Captain Hook and Julia Roberts as his old childhood friend Tinkerbell.
- Fried Green Tomatoes: Based on a novel by Fannie Flagg, this film stars Kathy Bates as an unhappy housewife who finds new confidence through a friendship and stories of the past.
- Point Break: This action film setting surfer Patrick Swayze against FBI agent Keanu Reeves has become a cult classic thanks to iconic scenes and the relationship between the two main characters.
Movies Turning 25 in 2021:
- Twister: This disaster adventure film about a team of storm chasers in pursuit of a tornado benefits from an all-star cast and visual effects that earned an Academy Award nomination.
- Independence Day: A science action film about humanity’s response to an alien invasion, this movie represented a turning point in the concept of a blockbuster and was the highest-grossing film of 1996.
- Space Jam: This film with a six-time platinum soundtrack bridged the gap between live-action and animation, starring Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny in a basketball tournament for the fate of the world.
Movies Turning 20 in 2021:
- Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone: The first Harry Potter installment was the highest-grossing film of 2001 and set into motion the wildly successful film franchise, along with the careers of stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson.
- Spirited Away: This animated feature by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, about a young girl working to free herself and her parents, was voted the 4th-best film of the 20th century by 177 critics from around the world.
- A Knight’s Tale: This medieval adventure comedy blends a historic tale with modern music and other elements, and was a crowd-pleaser despite mixed critical reception.
These are just a small sampling of the movies that delighted audiences in 1951 and beyond. If none of these strike your fancy, a quick web search can reveal many more options. Happy watching!
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